Nigeria qualify for 3×3 World Cup after finals in Egypt

Nigeria 3X3 men’s Basketball team comprising of Deola Folarin, Marcel Obinna, Kelvin Okundaye and Chima Ukawuba, has in far away Egypt against all odds finished 2nd place and won the golden sliver at the just concluded FIBA Africa senior men’s 3X3 Cup championship.

This is a historic first for Nigeria.

Speaking to our correspondent the Vice – Chairman of the 3X3 NBBF committee, Mr. Ugo Udezue who championed and coordinated this outing with other members of the committee, said that the President Engr. Ahmadu Musa Kida was a big inspiration to making this tournament a reality. The committee relied on the AMK foundation, the pioneer spearhead and proponent of 3×3 all along west Africa, which made it possible for the team to participate. The enormous sacrifice of the players in securing their passage for this all important event is to be emulated. While talking with the players after their final match, The President through Mr. Ugo Udezue praised our players who ranked amongst the elite 3X3 players in the world, and represented the country in Egypt in flying colors. Equally, the Honorable Minister in a message, commended the African stars and their love to put on the Green and white of the country, along with the NBBF for keeping the flag flying high. It’s attested now that the NBBF had firmly etched the footprint of the 3×3 on the African map as one of the teams to beat.

Nigeria may have secured a spot in the 3×3 world championship coming up next year.

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